Books: Poet's Lady

MRS. LONGFELLOW (255 pp.)—Edited by Edward Wagenknecht—Longmans, Green ($5).

As a poet, young Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had an eye for beauty. As a man. he had a hankering for beauties. He had married one (Mary Storer Potter) in 1831, but she died four years later while they were traveling in Holland. Only months had passed when, in Switzerland, he met statuesque Fanny Appleton. a proper Bostonian of 19 whose wealth and social position matched her looks and charm. His grief notwithstanding, the young (29) widower wasted little time. They talked and walked by...

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